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Jack Whittaker's wife regrets winning

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Posted: December 14, 2004, 1:43 pm - IP Logged
Lottery Winner's Wife Regrets Ticket

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The wife of the lottery winner who took home the richest undivided jackpot in U.S. history says she regrets his purchase of the $314.9 million ticket that has thrust her family into the public spotlight.

"I wish all of this never would have happened," Jewel Whittaker told The Charleston Gazette for Tuesday's editions. "I wish I would have torn the ticket up."

Since winning the lottery two years ago, her husband, Jack Whittaker, has been arrested twice for drunken driving and has been ordered into rehab. He pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge for attacking a bar manager, and is accused in two lawsuits of making trouble at a nightclub and a racetrack.

There have been several thefts involving Whittaker's vehicle, his office and his house in Scott Depot. One of the thefts occurred at his home in September on the same day an 18-year-old friend of Whittaker's granddaughter was found dead there. The death remains under investigation.

Last week Whittaker, 57, reported his granddaughter missing. Putnam County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Arthur said the granddaughter is not considered a kidnapping victim.

Whittaker took his winnings in a lump sum of $113 million after taxes. He has donated more than $20 million to charity, said his lawyer, Norm Daniels.


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    Posted: December 14, 2004, 1:55 pm - IP Logged

    I saw his picture on Yahoo...the guy is really in bad shape...

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      Posted: December 14, 2004, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

      A classic example why one show have a game plan ready in case he/she wins a big one. Making a big splash for the news media is the biggest mistake that can follow after hitting it big.  Remember, no knows until you tell them first!

      I play to dream and dream of winning a major jackpot!

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        Posted: December 14, 2004, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

        Already posted here:

        http://www.lotterypost.com/news/102910.htm

         

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